Category Archive: Poetry

Ezra Pound: Poet: Volume III: The Tragic Years 1939–1972, by A. David Moody @ NYJB

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“Ezra Pound: Poet: Volume III: The Tragic Years 1939–1972,” by A. David Moody chronicles Pound’s life from his Italian residency prior to the outbreak of World War II to his death.

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Forgotten Classics: Life in the Folds, by Henri Michaux @ NYJB

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Life in the Folds by Henri Michaux is “a masterpiece of concision and pain. . . . a literary achievement . . .”

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Short Takes I: Chinese Poetry

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An early example of poetry by women in China.

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Critical Appraisals: Nauseating Allegories of Empire: the Victory of sex & Metal by Barbara Mor

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Barbara Mor’s new volume of poetry is angry, volcanic, and erudite.

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Translation Tuesdays: The Iliad: A New Translation by Caroline Alexander @ NYJB

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After ten years of war, soldiers have grown weary. The leadership now endures uncouth criticism of its policy, accusations of self-interest and self-aggrandizement become commonplace. The gods remain fickle, taking sides and influencing the ground game. Some things never change.

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Critic’s Notebook: David Bowie and the Physiology of Taste

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The Argument David Bowie’s recent death has closed a page on music history. On a more personal level, Bowie has been a constant in my life for decades. Beyond mere 80s nostalgia (Labyrinth)… Continue reading

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Commonplace Book: From a slightly water-damaged collection of Sylvia Plath

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Compelling passages, notable quotables, bon mots, disjecta, ephemera, and miscellany. “The Goring” [1956] Arena dust rusted by four bulls’ blood to a dull redness, The afternoon at a bad end under the crowd’s… Continue reading

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Massive Pissed Love: Nonfiction 2001–2014, by Richard Hell @ NYJB

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Former punk rocker Richard Hell writes “A rewarding collection whether read straight through or sampling here and there.”

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Translation Tuesdays: Of Earth and in Hell, by Thomas Bernhard @ NYJB

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“Of Earth and in Hell” by Thomas Bernhard represents “a fascinating peek into the genesis of Austria’s controversial literary figure.”.

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Liberation, Edited and Introduced by Mark Ludwig

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“Liberation,” edited and with an introduction by Mark Ludwig, casts a global net to find out what poets think about the concept of freedom.

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